Head Quarters Dist S. E. Mo|
Cairo Sept 30th 1861|
I am directed by the Genl comdg to say to you to keep at work as much of your force as can be employed in the Ditches and finish Fortifications as quick as possible.
Also that he ordered a board a short time since to examine into and assess the damages to property known as the Dittinge Property from which no report has yet been had. 1 If they have convened please cause a report of their proceedings to be forwarded in pursuance of said order to these Head Quarters if not order it to do so immediately substituting Col Cook for Col Bayles 2
And that you will keep yourself well posted as to the movements of the enemy around you, and in case of any threatened attack report here and to Saint Louis by Telegraph by sending a Messenger to Jonesboro Ills the nearest Telegraph Station.
|JNO. A. RAWLINS|
|Asst. Adjt. Genl|
|To Col Plummer|
|Cape Girardeau Mo|
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 1, 2, 3, 77; DNA, RG 393, USG Letters Sent. Joseph B. Plummer of Mass., USMA 1841, who held the rank of capt., 1st Inf., was appointed col. of the 11th Mo. on Sept. 24, 1861, and sent to take command at Cape Girardeau, Mo. O. R., I, iii, 505. On Sept. 28, Col. John Cook wrote to USG concerning his displacement as commander at Cape Girardeau by Plummer, and the letter was received on Sept. 30. DLC-USG, V, 10; DNA, RG 393, USG Register of Letters Received.